Kate Middleton has promoted a royal personal assistant, 27-year-old Natasha Archer, to the role of stylist for the Duchess.
Archer, known as 'Tash' at Kensington Palace, had been helping Kate shop and experiment with some sophisticated new looks, sources told Vanity Fair.
Archer directed the Duchess toward glamorous gowns like the riscue cut-out Alice Temperley frock and the crepe Jenny Packham dress she wore to her recent engagements, according to reports.
Kate, about 14 weeks pregnant with her second child, will turn 33 this year. She is keen to take more risks and embrace her role as a fashion icon, sources said.
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"Initially Kate was a reluctant fashion icon, but now she enjoys it. Tash helps source some of the clothes. She shops a lot for Kate online, and calls in hundreds of dresses for Kate to try on," a source close to Tash told Royal Watch at Vanity Fair.
"She has persuaded Kate to take some more risks. The hemlines are shorter and Kate's really pushing the boat out in the fashion stakes."